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Baby Maker - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
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268 Ratings
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 68
Gots: 78 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This "Lager Wine" aged for nine months in bourbon barrels previously used for Framinghammer.

(Beer added by: Resuin on 10-17-2013)
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Alaska

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06-11-2014 07:09:55 | More by itracy63
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-08-2014 22:16:14 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-06-2014 22:11:26 | More by cultclassic89
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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

06-06-2014 19:54:59 | More by Dicers
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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

06-06-2014 12:11:29 | More by Andrew041180
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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-05-2014 23:47:19 | More by my_knew_craft
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Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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Thishops4u

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-03-2014 21:28:41 | More by Thishops4u
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metter98

New York

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toffee, toasted oak and vanilla are present in the nose along with hints of caramel.
T: The taste very much follows the smell, except that each of the flavors are stronger in nature.
M: It feels full-bodied, very smooth and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol lends some warming and no stickiness is noticeable.
O: You can tell this beer is very strong from all of the malty sweetness, although it is quite difficult to perceive any flavors of alcohol in the taste. While it isn't that difficult to drink, it is a nice beer to sip and savor next to a fire on a cold winter night. The smell and taste are very similar to a barleywine, but the mouthfeel definitely resembles that of a lager and doesn't have any stickiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2014 03:27:40 | More by metter98
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this bottle at Capital City Gastropub served chilled-poured in a snifter.

The color is deep golden with amber highlight and hazed with thick white head w/ ultrafine bead and good lace stickage. The smell is very rich with totally sweet malty nuance and light sherry-like hint with malt presence and floral alcohol inviting and has a smell of brown sugar -type molasses hint with fruity and vanilla accents. The feel is excellent- light texture considering the strength - sweet and spiced elements with toasted strong and moderate carbonation backs up the malt with no real alcohol heat-very malt heavy with sweet yet slightly dry finish.

The taste is great -strong malt with mild sweet entry and light fruity tinge of yeast with raisin and golden pear-llike accent some mild golden raisin vinous elemnents and mild floral alcohol in the back with light plum an ddate with wet walnut type sweet nutty taste -and lasting alcohol flavor as it finishes. This is an overall world class beer an interesting strong bock in the teens ..the only thing that holds it back is how smooth it is you don't realize it is in the double digits til it is mostly gone.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2014 18:39:25 | More by Slatetank
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-27-2014 01:35:22 | More by CaptDavyJones
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: a nice golden orange color. perfect clarity for the first few mini snifters, last one had some sediment in it but thats expected. a quarter finger of a white head that leaves a surprising lacing for 14%.

Smell: huge initial sweetness, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, subtle dark fruits. small amounts of bourbon and occasional sharp alcohol.

Taste: opens with sweet candy sweetness. very distinct butterscotch, maybe a bit of maple syrup, a caramelized sugar but no scorching. next wave brings bourbon, oak and vanilla. some times alcohol strikes out with a harsh bite.

Mouthfeel: thick syruplike feel, quite an alcohol kick of astringency that does well to balance all the sweetness of the beer.

Overall: certainly an extreme brew, never before have I tasted such a strong butterscotch taste in a beer, lots of wonderful sweet things in here. a strong and alcohol forward brew but nothing that is out of hand.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 20:38:28 | More by SportsandJorts
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-21-2014 05:21:17 | More by acehart1
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 5/19/14

Appearance: Clear dark copper/amber - becomes cloudy if you pour in the sediment (obviously) - small head, acceptable given the barrel-aging - leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and oh yeah, booze - very, very rich with some serious toffee and caramel - lots of vanilla as well - some chewy caramel malts, with some malty sweetness, dark fruits - some molasses, cooked sugar, and maybe even some honey - some big bourbon notes, with some wood - rather clean, no surprise as this is a lager from Jack's Abby, after all

Taste: Surprisingly drinkable for a 14% beer - loads of caramel, toffee, and some caramel - above-average sweetness, but actually somewhat subdued considering how much alcohol is actually in this - nice vanilla, wood, and bourbon notes - not overly potent, but rather the bourbon integrates very well - some dark fruits - I may be imagining some hints of Framinghammer as well, with a light touch of roast and chocolate - strong alcohol component, but I honestly would have expected something more extreme

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, very smooth, unexpectedly smooth finish

Overall: Not recommended for pregnant or nursing

This smells like a lion but drinks like a lamb. That sentence makes sense, right? I was somewhat intimidated by this beer, but it is as oddly drinkable as just about anything else crafted by Jack's Abby. It's sweet, but not too sweet, and boozy, without being too boozy. If this is ever made again, I'd definitely buy it.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2014 22:55:40 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Super clear deep copper. Head is off-white and tiny thanks to the barrel. Minimal carbonation on the pour. Tiny spots of lacing.

Smell: Booze and deeply caramelized malts. Caramel, toffee, raw sugar, it's all there. A touch of vanilla and coconut running through the back. Bourbon actually adds s nice depth pushing some higher alcohol and butterscotch. A ton of alcohol and the associated spicy esters. Sweet. Deeply caramelized malt sugars. A touch bready. Sweet booze. Caramel sauce. A touch of citrus. Macaroons. Fruitcake.

Taste: Straight up caramel corn. Sweet with some bready elements. Tons of caramel and toffee. Crazy sweet but tempered a bit by a bracing alcohol. Some light spicy esters. A bunch of sugared fruit (pears, apples, raisins, plums). Booze. Bourbon burns a bit hot, but balances out a bit as it warms. Loaded with vanilla and coconut. Reminiscent of a macaroon soaked in bourbon. Sweetness builds as it warms. Surprisingly clean. Straight sugar on the back. A hint of real butterscotch and maple.

Mouthfeel: Slick medium leaning toward full body. Minimal carbonation. Clean finish with a bit of a dry end thanks to the alcohol.

Overall: Feelin' frisky.

Unique. Super clean for being so sweet and boozy. Crazy sugars and a nice use of a bourbon barrel.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2014 22:43:01 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

05-19-2014 12:35:24 | More by dfecteau
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Massachusetts

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05-18-2014 17:03:18 | More by BG718
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Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Florida9

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber in color. Forms a modest white head that falls quickly to a thin ring around the edge. Some very light spotty lacing.

S: Aroma is full of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Creamy smooth. Mildly sweet. Frosting. some lighter alcohol notes.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma, but much hotter. Lots of vanilla and oak. Bourbon. Very mild sweetness. Butterscotch. Boozy and especially hot on the back end.

M: Well, if the alcohol was light on the aroma, it's full forth on the mouth feel. There is a pungent alcoholic heat that lingers all the way down the throat. Very smooth with an almost oily consistency. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: Well, I'd never know this was a lager if the bottle didn't say it. Very unique and quite the creative interpretation of what this beer could be.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2014 23:08:45 | More by Florida9
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New Hampshire

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Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.6%

05-02-2014 17:24:32 | More by discharmingly
Baby Maker from Jack's Abby Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.